Highlights (2002-    )

Here is a list of the important events that happened in the Madurai Province - compiled from the MNL, the newsletter of the Madurai Jesuit Province.




Jesuit Statistics at the beginning of this year show that the South Asian Assistancy has 3,915 members - 433 more than the United States and 18.9% of the total number of Jesuits.

Jan 16

Foundation stone is laid for a legal cell at Vallam, Chengalpattu.

Feb 14

Bishop Remigius of Kumbakonam blesses the newly built Veeramamunivar Illam (Pre- Novitiate) at Vilangudi. Fr Provincial inaugurates it.

March 4-30

In cooperation with the Darwin Initiative and the Botanical Gardens Conversation International, Fr V.S. Manickam trains 8 batches of 25 primary teachers on Environment.

April 9-10

After meeting the Rectors, Superiors and Coordinators, Fr Provincial postpones for 3 years the division of the province, saying that works and houses of the Society in the Chengai Mission must increase.

June 26

Fr S. Ignacimuthu becomes Vice-Chancellor of Madras University, one of the three oldest in India.

July 1

Fr Provincial, Rectors and Principals of Loyola and St Joseph's Colleges call on Dr Abdul Kalam, the Presidential candidate of the Indian Republic at his residence in Chennai.

July 31

On the Feast Day of St Ignatius, Fr General officially convokes the 69th Procurators' Congregation to be held in September 2003.

Sept 8

Loyola Technical Institute, Madurai celebrates its Golden Jubilee.

Sept 20 Fr Provincial convokes the Province Congregation to be held on 28 Dec 02.
Oct 22 Superiors, Principals, Secretaries and Headmasters meet at Beschi Illam to discuss the implications of the recent Ordinance of TN Government.
Oct 24 All our Educational Institutions are closed for a day as a mark of protest against the TN Ordinance on religious conversions.

Nov 1

The scrutinizing committee meets and finalizes the list of elected members of the Province Congregation.

Nov 23-24 A mini assembly of social activists of our Province is held in the Dhyana Ashram, Nilakottai.

Dec 23

Province Meet at St Joseph's, Tiruchi. Jubilarians' Day on 27. On 28 six Jesuit deacons are ordained priests by Bishop Antony Devotta of Tiruchi.
Dec 27-28
Province Congregation is held at St Joseph's, Tiruchi. Fr Jeyaraj Boniface is elected Delegate to the 69th Procurators' Congregation . Fr Joseph Michael is elected his Substitute.

As the Madurai province celebrates its Golden Jubilee, many of its members live their mission outside the Province - not counting those who are doing their higher studies abroad and the 17 Madureans now transferred to other provinces.

Within India : At the service of the CBCI: in the Tertianships, Scholasticates and Social Institutes of the South Asian Assistancy and the territories of Andhra, Darjeeling , Delhi , Karnataka and Jamshedpur.

Outside India: In the UNESCO programme for Somalia, in the Jesuit Roman houses (Curia and Gregorian University) and in Australia, Brazil, East Africa, England, France, Germany, Guyana, Indonesia, Kampuchea (Cambodia), Seychelles Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Jan 7-10

Fr Franco Fernando, SJ , Secretary for Social Justice ( Rome ), visits the Province.
Feb 5 Loyola College organizes a seminar on "25 years of College Autonomy".
April 14 " Dalit Human Rights Office " is inaugurated by Fr Provincial at Vallam, Chengalpattu.
June 27

At Beschi Golden Jubilee of "Narkarunai Veeran" "(Soldiers of God)" and blessing of the renovated building of St. Mary's Press.

Sept 13 De Britto Hr. Sec. School , Devakottai celebrates Platinum Jubilee.
Oct 8

The Province inaugurates the Loyola Technical Training Centre at Ranipet , Chennai Mission. Bishop Chinnappa of Vellore blesses the centre. Fr Provincial opens the building.

Oct 15-16 JEPASA convention at Vailankanni. Fr Provincial inaugurates it.
Nov 23

Eucharistic Crusaders' convention at St Mary's, Dindigul.


Jan 18-24

Fr Robert Grimm, Associate Procurator of the Society, Rome, visits several Jesuit communities of the Province.

Jan 31 Arul Kadal celebrates its Silver Jubilee.

Feb 24-25

A National Seminar on "Contexual Theology" organized by Arul Kadal is held at Dhyana Ashram.

March 9-10

Andhra Province celebrates the 3rd centenary of the inception of Karnatic Mission in Andhra, and the Golden Jubilee of Jesuits' Presence in Andhra. Madurai Province is well represented in the celebration.

March 25

Fr Provincial blesses the newly-built hall at De Britto Hr. Sec. School , Devakottai.

April 12

Fr Provincial inaugurates the newly-built Hostel at AAC, Karumathur.

May 30

Beschi Illam, Dindigul celebrates the Golden Jubilee.

June 5

Fr Provincial inaugurates the newly-built Jesuit residence at LTTC, Ranipet.

July 15

The inauguration of the 125th year celebrations of St Xavier's Hr. Sec. School, Palayamkottai .

July 24-25

Workshop on Discernment for Superiors, Coordinators and Formators at Anugraha, Notchiodaipatty. Fr. Rex is the resource person.

Aug 3-25

Fr. Provincial at Boston College (Research)

Aug 26-29 Fr. Provincial in Germany

Sept 28

Fr Provincial blesses and inaugurates the Shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni at Medan, Indonesia, built by Fr James Bharataputra, SJ.

Oct 10

160th Anniversary of St Mary's Cathedral, Madurai. After Mass a public meeting presided over by the Archbishop of Madurai. Fr Socius represents the Province.

Nov 22 - Dec 13 Fr Julian Fernandes, SJ, the General Assistant and the Regional Assistant, visits the Province.


Dec 3

Inauguration of Vaigarai Book Store at Dindigul.

Dec 26

Tsunami hits the East Coast of Tamil Nadu and many East Asian Countries. Thousands of pilgrims are swept away at Vailankanni. Houses and people washed away in several coastal villages of Nagapattinam and Kanyakumari districts.


Dec 30

Fr Provincial constitutes the Tamil Nadu Jesuit Tsunami Service Team to organize relief activities in the Tsunami-affected areas. The first meeting is held at Loyola, Chennai. Fr Manuel Alphonse is asked to coordinate the work.



Jan 7

Fr Provincial, along with the animator of ministries and the coordinator of social action, holds a meeting to officially launch the JTS (Jesuit Tsunami Service).

Jan 30

Fr Provincial blesses and inaugurates the LAAS (Legal Action, Advocacy and Service) Centre at Othakadai, Madurai.

Feb 24

In a historical meeting at St Joseph's Industrial School, Ooty, the Jesuit Karnataka Province hands over St Joseph's Industrial School and the allied property to the Jesuit Madurai Province. The Madurai Province is represented by Fr Francis P. Xavier, the Provincial and his consultors. The Karnataka Province is represented by Frs Freddie Menezes, Sebastian Fernandes and Archie. The transfer is effected by change of the officials in the registered society.

April 2

Pope John Paul II passes away in Rome.

April 15

At St Mary's, Dindigul, an Extended Consult meets to prepare the terna for the next Provincial.

April 18

Fr Provincial leaves for China to attend the seminar on "Jesuit Education in China".

April 19

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected Pope Benedict XVI.


May 1

Fr Provincial inaugurates the newly-built college library of St. Xavier's College, Palayamkottai.

May 19-21

Scholastics' Meet at SHC, Shembaganur.

June 22

Fr Provincial lays the foundation stone for LAAS Centre at Ulaganeri, Madurai close to the Madurai High Court.

Aug 5

Inauguration of IDCR/DRC at Loyola, Chennai.
Aug 12

Bishop of Thanjavur inaugurates St Joseph's Community College, Nagapattinam.

Oct 1

Priestly Ordination of Jesuit deacon by Bishop Antony Pappusamy of Dindigul.

Oct 13-15

Fr Aloysius Von Doren, delegate of Fr General and Deputy Director of the Apostleship of Prayer and Eucharistic Youth Movement, visits the Province.

Nov 5

Fr Devadoss Mudiappasamy assumes office as Provincial of Madurai Province. Fr Francis P. Xavier, the outgoing Provincial, reads out Fr General's decree of appointment during Mass celebrated at Beschi, Dindigul.

Nov 5-6

Superiors' and Coordinators' Meet at Christunagar, Dindigul with the new Provincial.

Nov 23

Fr Provincial leaves for Spain to attend the Major Superiors' Meet at Loyola, Spain.

Dec 20 Fr Provincial is back after the Major Superiors' Meet in Spain.
Jan 7

Bodhi Zendo at Perumalmalai celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Jan 21 The province goes on a pilgrimage, some to Manapad, others to Santhome Cathedral.
March 12 Fr Provincial leaves for Europe for the Colloquium for new provincials.
April 5 Fr Provincial meets the Province Animation Team (PAT) comprising Frs P. Christie, M. Amaladoss, L. Sebastiraj and R. Jerry, at Loyola, Chennai.
April 10 Fr A. Arulanandam takes over as the new Socius and the new consultors are Frs Britto Peter (PCF), Boniface Jeyaraj and Jebamalai Raja.
May 16 Province's Jubilarians' Day is celebrated at Beschi.
May 19 Fr Marianathan is appointed Consultor of the Province.
May 20 The Provincial addresses the scholastics (83 of them) at the end of their GBM at Shembaganur.
June 4 The contribution system by the communities to the Province is studied by a group of ours, with the Treasurer Coordinator.
July 2 JAAT Directors' Meet at Dindigul.
July 29 Blessing and Inauguration of the Legal Action Advocacy Services (LAAS) Centre on the Madurai-Tiruchi Highway - not far from the High Court of Madurai.
Aug 2 Provincial's visitation of Jesuit Tsunami Service at Nagapattinam: He meets the Bishop of Thanjavur in connection with the proposed community college in the area.
Aug 6 Meeting of the Provincial with the Archbishop of Madurai regarding the status of St. Mary's Cathedral, the use of the campus and the presbytery.
Aug 31 Inauguration by the Provincial of the Indian Centre for Research and Development of Community Education (ICRDCE) at Chennai.
Dec 3

The concluding celebration of the Triple Jubilee (450th anniversary of the death of St Ignatius Loyola and 500th anniversary of the birth of St Francis Xavier and Bl Peter Faber) at Loyola College, Chennai. Solemn Eucharist with Bishops, followed by a public function.
Dec 16-17 Celebration of the Silver Jubilee of Culture and Communication (C&C) at Loyola College, Chennai.
Dec 18 Provincial, Consultors, Coordinators, Finance Commission members and some members of Chennai area assemble at Kuppayanallur for a briefing on the plans for Chennai Mission.
Dec 27-28 Province Assembly at St Joseph's College, Tiruchi. 270 Jesuits attend.
Dec 28 Province Congregation begins at SJC, Tiruchi at 9.00 p.m.
Dec 31 Province Congregation comes to an end at 12:30 p.m.
March 11-17 JCSA meets at Dhyana Ashram, Chennai.
March 24-25 The ELT team has an interactive session with the Secondary Education Commission followed by another with Superiors and Coordinators at Nochiodaipatty.
March 31 Brothers' GBM at Christunagar, Dindigul.
April 15 JMT meeting at St Mary's, Madurai.
May 5-13 Common retreat for the members of the Province at Shembaganur.
June 13-14 The Provincial and a team representing Chennai Mission meet the Archbishop of Pondicherry on 13 and the Bishop of Vellore on 14 regarding the founding of educational institutions in their dioceses.
June 15 Inauguration of the Chennai Mission. Opening of its office in the Loyola College Campus. Fr Victor Arulappan is installed as the first Mission Superior.
Aug 15 Inauguration of Arrupe Illam at Mettupalayam (Kallar). The Chennai Mission has its consult there. At 5:00 pm the Bishop of Udhagamandalam blesses the new house and the Provincial, Fr M. Devadoss opens the house.
Aug 25-26 A group representing Vanniars stages a demonstration at Higher Education GBM at Palayamkottai.
Sep 16 A Vanniar group, led by Mr Mariaraj, stages a demonstration at the portico of St Mary's during the Province Consult. The Provincial assures them that fairness and justice will decide the choice of candidates to fill in the government-aided posts in Jesuit colleges.
Sep 20 Provincial addresses the Coordinators of Brothers' Commission of the South Asian Assistancy at their meeting in Shembaganur.
Oct 6 Province Consult at Loyola College, Chennai. Joint session with the Chennai Mission Consult, in the forenoon.
Oct 13 Some representatives from MBCs meet Fr Provincial.
Oct 14 Fr Provincial meets with a group of Dalit Christians from 5 – 9:30 pm.
Oct 18 A special consult at FBS Sisters' House at Nallamma Naicken Patty, to deal with the selection of candidates for the teaching posts in colleges.
Oct 22 Fr Claudio Barriga, Gen. Secretary of AOP (Apostleship of Prayer), is on a visit to India.
Nov 5-6 “Denial of Caste, a Christian obligation” - Two day theological conference at Fatima College in Madurai. Fr Provincial gives the keynote address.
Nov 12 Provincial meets Archbishop Peter Fernando of Madurai on serving the MBCs.
Nov 24 Fr Provincial leaves for Thiruvananthapuram for the silver jubilee of SICJ (South Indian Common Juniorate.
Dec 28-29

Chennai Mission Assembly at Loyola College, Chennai.